Pt Ajay Pohankar, Vidushi Malini among 7 to get SaMaPa Awards

Recipients of SaMaPa awards.
Recipients of SaMaPa awards.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 11: SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts), the well-known music academy of Music Legend and Padmashri Awardee Pandit Bhajan Sopori and music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori, has announced the names of the recipients of this year’s prestigious SaMaPa awards, the exclusive national level honours pertaining to J&K.
Announcing the awards, Maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori disclosed that the awards ceremony will be held as part of the 15th edition of SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan, the topmost classical music festivals of Delhi from 19th to 24th November at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The festival is being presented in collaboration with Incredible India, Union Ministry of Tourism and IFFCO. The festival will also feature the Annual Painting Exhibition by the artists of J&K presented by SaMaPa and J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages.
SaMaPa Vitasta Samman is being conferred upon the veteran Vocalist Pandit Ajay Pohankar (Mumbai) for his lifetime contribution to Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal) while SaMaPa Kala Vardhan Samman is being conferred upon Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (Delhi), one of the oldest and prominent classical music & dance institutes of the country. The Award is being presented to Shobha Deepak Singh, Director & Vice-Chairperson of the Kendra. who is being felicitated for her contribution to Indian music.
Renowned Vocalist Vidushi Malini Awasthi (Uttar Pradesh) is being conferred SaMaPa Nund Rishi Samman for her remarkable contribution to Indian music whereas SaMaPa Acharya Abhinavgupt Samman is being conferred upon Shashi Prabha Tiwari (Delhi) for her contribution to the field of music as a music journalist.
SaMaPa Sangeet Tejasvi Samman, an award given to those individuals who have contributed significantly at national and international level and are promising legends in making of Indian music, is being given to renowned Tabla maestro Ustad Akram Khan (Delhi) for his contribution to Hindustani Classical Music (Tabla) while SaMaPa Yuva Ratan Samman is being conferred upon the young musician Hafiz Bale Khan (Bengaluru) in recognition of his conspicuous talent and achievements in the field of Hindustani Classical Music (Sitar).
Sound Engineer Yesudas Bernabas Christudas is being conferred newly instituted SaMaPa Award of Excellence, which is given to honour those personalities who have done exceptional work in the field of audio and video production and direction of documentaries and films, sound engineering, script writing and also instrument making.